Finding The Cause Of Migraines

Finding The Cause Of Migraines

by Dr Emma Gray - 11th April, 2013

Finding the Cause of Migraines

A migraine is a debilitating and reoccurring headache that often effects one side of the head and is usually accompanied by nausea and blurred vision. Although the experience of a migraine is a very physical one the cause seldom is. However this does not make a migraine any less painful or distressing nor does it make the sufferer any less deserving of a high quality therapy. Migraines are often thought of as severe headaches but this approach has not only lead to the condition being minimised by health professionals but has created a barrier to treatment as people are frequently given little or no advice outside of taking over the counter pain medication.


The main cause of migraines is stress, a form of anxiety. It is unclear exactly why stress/anxiety leads to a migraine but it is thought that the elevated levels of adrenalin experienced during periods of high stress coupled with an increased tension in the muscle of the body, principally in the face (especially the jaw) and the shoulders, contributes the occurrence of a this often debilitating condition.

The most effective type of therapy for migraine is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), this is a counselling approach which teaches practical techniques to eliminate the triggers of migraines, helps the sufferer to manage the pain when migraines do occur and most importantly to resolve the underlying cause i.e. the factors that have lead to the development and maintenance of the stress/anxiety problem.

At The British CBT & Counselling Service our clinical and counselling psychologist are experts in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and skilled in using this therapy to treat migraines. With clinics in Richmond (Surrey), Fulham (London), Clapham (London), Marylebone (London), West Bridgford (Nottingham), Cambridge and Stamford (Lincolnshire), help for the migraine sufferer is close by.


Dr Emma Gray

Dr Emma Gray

I am often the first person with whom my patients share significant and intimate thoughts and memories; I never take that privileged position for granted nor the opportunity to help someone to feel better about themselves and discover a more fulfilling life. One of my colleague once described me as natural psychologist; I guess she was alluding to the fact that I feel at ease being a therapist, I can empathise with people’s distress and discomfort but don’t feel overwhelmed by it, I can understand their problem and know how to help, it has always just felt like what I should be doing.


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